Get Saucy

soup2We’ve all been there. It’s dinner time. You’ve just cruised in the door from a day of back-to-back meetings and you are exhausted. The kids are either fighting with each other or with you instead of doing their homework.

Avoid the gravitational pull towards the phone to order takeout. Instead head to your pantry or open the fridge.

Thaw out those boneless chicken thighs or breasts you have in the freezer. Those cans of soup and or bottles of salad dressing are going to save the day (or evening at the very least) for you tonight.

Onion Soup

Surely you have dried onion soup on hand? Mix together with sour cream and spread over chicken pieces. For extra oniony flavour, top with chopped onions.

Bake, covered, until cooked through in a 425 oven, likely 30-40 minutes.

Cream of Broccoli

Chop up chicken into pieces and mix together with a couple of cans of Cream of Broccoli soup (mixed with one can of milk), along with about a cup of chopped broccoli.

Place in baking dish and top with grated cheddar cheese. Bake until cooked through, soup is bubbling and cheese is melted.

Catalina Dressing

Mix together equal parts Catalina dressing and peanut butter (I’m serious). Usually a quarter cup of each will do.

Mix together with a tbsp. of soy sauce and you have yourself a surprisingly delicious stir fry sauce. Stir fry chicken and veggies and serve over cooked rice.

Russian Dressing

Got any onion soup left from earlier? Mix together a package of dried onion soup mix with a cup of Russian dressing. Spread over chicken and bake for about 45 minutes in the oven.

Tomato Soup

Do you have any crackers or breadcrumbs? Dip your chicken in milk and then pat with breadcrumbs or crushed crackers. Mix a tsp of Italian seasoning in with a can of Tomato soup and then pour over chicken. Top with shredded mozzarella, bake and you’ve got a quick version of Chicken Parm.